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Cop among four held under mining act

Acting tough on illegal mining in the Ajnala sector, the Amritsar (rural) police arrested four persons, including a head constable and seized five trolleys carrying illegally mined sand. The suspects have been identified as head constable Major Singh, Surjit Singh, Inder Singh and Amarjit Singh.

punjab Updated: Oct 21, 2012 21:01 IST
HT Correspondent

Acting tough on illegal mining in the Ajnala sector, the Amritsar (rural) police arrested four persons, including a head constable and seized five trolleys carrying illegally mined sand. The suspects have been identified as head constable Major Singh, Surjit Singh, Inder Singh and Amarjit Singh.

The Hindustan Times had recently highlighted the way illegal sand mining was going on openly in Ajnala sector and also how it had become a threat to the security near border.

SSP Amritsar (rural) PS Virk said, "Following a complaint a naka was laid and we arrested four persons. Five tractor trolleys carrying sand were also seized." The SSP mentioned that a close eye was kept on the illegal mining. A case has been registered against the four suspects in the Lopoke police station.

Due to the blatant illegal sand mining in the Ajnala sector, one can spot 'khuds' as deep as 40 feet at various places in the Ajnala sector. This has not only turned out to be an environmental hazard but also posed threat to the movement of vehicles of the Border Security Force (BSF). The link roads used by the BSF are in pathetic shape due to mining and it seems that a road can cave in anytime.